BY PETER ZOLEVEKE II
SOL2023 National Hosting Authority (NHA) are in consultations to create an intended plan with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources (MERD) to work with provincial schools in setting up futsal courts in Malaita and Western province by 2023.
This was revealed by the Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) and NHA Chairman Dr Jimmie Rodgers.
“NHA had been working with the Ministry of Education and we will be shortly coming to planning. We want that by 2023 we have two more futsal courts in the provinces,” Dr. Rodgers announced.
“We are targeting one at Malaita and Western province.
He stressed that sports development should not only be focused in Honiara but also at the provincial level.
“If we want to improve sports development in the country we got to invest in our provinces and the best way to do it is to work with schools,” Dr Rodgers said comparing the same approach with Pacific countries.
Together with a partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs responsible for sports the government is committed to developing facilities in the provinces while MERD to identify the potential lands available.
“This is so that when we go for national selection we can have provincial competitions and the national competition for a fair selection, that’s the spirit and the idea behind this intention,” Dr. Rodgers adds.
This assurance was made in the presence of the Minister of Provincial Government Rolland Seleso and the Premier of Malaita province Daniel Suidani on Saturday, January 30th.
With that, the Solomon Island Football Federation (SIFF) President Willie Lai extends his gratitude on behalf of the national sport to the government for the commitment in football development nationwide.
“Through these partnerships and working together football has a bright future. We thank the national government and stakeholders for the commitment in seeing the growth of football,” Lai expressed.